Statements about State Budget
Says "an unchecked Democratic Majority in Trenton" is responsible for "years of diversions" from the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund.
Says in the governor’s proposed budget "the use of that, what is called one-shots, is a 500 percent increase over the last Corzine budget."
Says "the governor took away a billion dollars of rebates, so in real dollars, our property taxes have gone up 20 percent."
Says "my plan is a property tax cut."
Says the proposed fiscal year 2013 budget "is still below the level of state spending when I took office."
Says pension contributions under Gov. Chris Christie would represent "75 percent of the total contribution made between the years 1995 and 2010. That's right, in 15 years, total state contribution was only $2.1 billion."
Says "we had to cut 13 billion dollars in state spending over two years."
"And by the way, when I was governor, I did make the payment into the pension fund."
Says "we’ve accomplished balancing two budgets without raising taxes. We’ve now created 60,000 new private-sector jobs. We’ve made government smaller."
Says "our unemployment insurance trust fund is broke. We're over a billion dollars in debt to the federal government."
"(Chris Christie) has not paid one dollar of state money into our pension system, and then states that the system is broke."
"You’re paying for...(state Sen. Diane Allen’s) health care, and she took yours away."
"New Jersey alone, my home state, is facing a ten-and-a-half billion dollar shortfall in its 2012 fiscal budget. This means more cuts in state and local spending for education, which means our kids are hurt."
"The proudest accomplishment (of my tenure) was leaving the state with a $1.2 billion surplus, which was the largest we’d ever had, and getting spending under control and a balanced budget."
Says Gov. Chris Christie "cut spending (by) $1 billion" and provided "$850 million in new education funding."
Says his administration balanced "two budgets with over $13 billion in deficits without raising taxes."
"The average state pension, including managers, is $23,000 a year; and just $14,000 for local government workers."
Says enrolling a student in a subsidized lunch program triggers an "at risk" designation, resulting in an extra $6,000 to $7,000 of state school aid per student.
"Since I introduced my budget -- first budget -- in March of 2010, we've created 50,000 new private-sector jobs for the people of this state."
Says a Senate resolution would restore $140 in monthly general assistance payments and prevent people from committing crime.
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